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callmegreek  asked:

On the subject of Paul Revere, in my APUSH class we talked of the possibility of Revere not even existing and that the whole "the British are coming" story is just folklore. Have you heard the same?

I MEAN, HE WAS DEFINITELY AND WITHOUT QUESTION A REAL GUY. I KNOW BECAUSE I HAD TO DECIPHER HIS CHICKENSCRATCH HANDWRITING IN COLLEGE. AND THE MIDNIGHT RIDE IS A REAL THING THAT HAPPENED, JUST THE DETAILS HAVE BECOME DISTORTED IN FOLKLORE AND POP CULTURE PORTRAYALS. 

HE WASN’T THE ONLY RIDER, HE WAS JUST THE CENTRAL OR MAYBE MOST FAMOUS RIDER. HE DIDN’T RIDE THROUGH TOWN RINGING A BELL AND SCREAMING “THE BRITISH ARE COMING” BECAUSE THE MIDNIGHT RIDE WAS A COVERT OPERATION. 

RIDING THROUGH CROWDED CITIES SCREAMING MILITARY INTEL WOULD HAVE LIKELY ALERTED THE BRITISH ARMY PATROLS IN THOSE CITIES TO THE FACT THAT THE PATRIOTS HAD THAT INFORMATION, NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT MANY COLONISTS WERE STILL LOYAL TO THE CROWN AND CONSIDERED THEMSELVES BRITISH SUBJECTS, AND THEY’D CERTAINLY REPORT REVOLUTIONARIES RIDING THROUGH TOWN ON HORSES SCREAMING THE TOP-SECRET MOVEMENTS OF THE BRITISH ARMY. 

REVERE QUIETLY ALERTED PATRIOTS ALONG THE NEW ENGLAND COUNTRYSIDE THAT “THE REGULARS ARE COMING OUT” (NOT “THE BRITISH ARE COMING”) SO THAT THE PATRIOTS COULD ORGANIZE THEIR DEFENSE TO THE BRITISH REGULAR ARMY’S ADVANCE BY SEA. THE REASON THE MESSAGE WAS ABLE TO SPREAD SO QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY IS THAT MANY OF THOSE WARNED BY REVERE EMBARKED ON THEIR OWN RIDES TO PASS THE INFORMATION ALONG. 

WITH THE INFORMATION OF HOW AND WHEN THE BRITISH FORCES WERE GOING TO ADVANCE, THE PATRIOTS WERE ABLE TO ORGANIZE THEIR MILITIAS AND READY THEMSELVES TO COMBAT THE BRITISH REGULARS WHILE THE BRITISH FORCES WERE STILL UNLOADING THEIR STUFF OFF THE BOAT. 

ANYWAY, TO ANSWER YOUR ORIGINAL QUESTION, YES I HAVE HEARD THE THEORY THAT PAUL REVERE DOESN’T EXIST AND THAT THE MIDNIGHT RIDE NEVER HAPPENED, BUT I SOUNDLY DISMISSED IT BECAUSE THERE’S OVERWHELMING DOCUMENTATION OF THE EXISTENCE AND ACTIONS OF PAUL REVERE, IT’S JUST THAT HIS ACTIONS HAVE BEEN SOMEWHAT DRAMATIZED AND EMBELLISHED FOR THE SAKE OF REENACTMENT. IT’S A LOT MORE THEATRICAL TO SEE A REENACTOR DRESSED AS PAUL REVERE RIDING A HORSE THROUGH TOWN, RINGING A BELL, AND SCREAMING “THE BRITISH ARE COMING” THAN IT IS TO SEE A SINGLE UNNAMED RIDER RIDING INTO TOWN, KNOCKING ON A DOOR, AND QUIETLY SAYING “THE REGULARS ARE COMING OUT” AND THEN GOING INSIDE TO FURTHER DISCUSS THE TIMING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.